KYIV (QHA) -

Yesterday, on October 9, within the framework of the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Ukraine, a meeting was held with the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, members of the Mejlis and representatives of the Crimean Tatar community.

At the meeting the Crimean Tatar side was represented by the members of the Mejlis Eskender Bariev and Gayana Yuksel, the actor and director Ahtem Seitablayev, the First Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine Yusuf Kurkchi, the Head of the Crimean Tatar Cultural and Educational Center Kirim Ayilesi Anife Kurtseitova, Adviser to the Chairman of the Mejlis Arsen Zhumadilov, and the delegate of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people Rustem Umerov. The Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov was not present at the meeting owing to the departure.

The topic of the conversation was traditionally devoted to the situation in the Crimea.

Mustafa Dzhemilev provided the latest information about the developments on the peninsula, telling about the verdicts to the Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz.

Furthermore, information was provided on the demographic situation in the occupied peninsula, which is being increasingly inhabited by people from mainland Russia.

Thus, since the beginning of the occupation, the Russian Federation has brought to the peninsula about 500 thousand people, most of whom are military and representatives of organizations serving the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

Erdogan, in turn, once again stressed that Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and will continue to assist the Crimean Tatars.

The meeting noted that among the major projects that Turkey intends to implement in the near future is  the construction of a mosque in Kyiv and housing throughout Ukraine for internally displaced people from the Crimea. Among the priority areas are also various social, humanitarian and educational programs, including support for educational institutions and creative teams.

Earlier, QHA reported that on October 9, the Turkish President arrived in Ukraine on an official visit. Negotiations between Erdogan and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lasted more than 3 hours.

As a result of the talks, an agreement was reached for Ukraine and Turkey to continue coordinating their actions in the protection of human rights in the Crimea occupied by the Russian Federation.

Erdogan also notes that Turkey does not regard the Crimean Tatar people as separate nation and will continue to support it at all levels.

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